His mother Hilde is German, his father Ahmet Ceylan (+ 29 October 2012) was Turkish. Bülent Ceylan has three older siblings.
Ceylan attended Friedrich-Ebert-Grundschule and Ludwig-Frank-Gymnasium in Mannheim. In his eleventh year he had a performance parodying Boris Becker, which was very well received by teachers and students.
After the Abitur in 1995 he did an internship with the music station VIVA and the Rhineland-Palatinate radio station RPR1. In the beginning he performed on small stages, afterwards he studied philosophy and political science but quit university in favor of his career.
The premiere of his programme halb getürkt (wordplay: "getürkt" is colloquial for "faked", but Ceylan is also half Turkish) was broadcast on ZDF in July 2006. In 2007 there followed the program "Kebabbel net" (blend of Kebab and "babbel net" meaning Stop talking (crap) in the dialect of Mannheim) which was later recorded and broadcast by RTL in 2009. This brought him the "Deutschen Comedypreis" in the category Newcomer and the "CIVIS-Medienpreis" for integration in May 2010. At the same time Ceylan celebrated the premiere of his program "Ganz schön turbülent" (blend of turbulent and his name) for which he was awarded the "Deutschen Comedypreis" as best comedian in 2010. Ceylan started his program "Wilde Kreatürken" (blend of "Kreaturen" = creatures and "Türken" = Turks) in 2011, RTL broadcast it in 2012. His next program "HAARDROCK" (blend of Hardrock and "Haar" = "hair" referring to his long hair) premiered in January 2014.
Bülent Ceylan has appeared in numerous German TV shows like Quatsch Comedy Club. He develops his programs mainly together with Roland Junghans. As an actor, he played Mustafa in several episodes of the series Hausmeister Krause and as Jonny, a main character in the sitcom Bewegte Männer. On 6 June 2008, he joined Stefan Raabs "Autoball-EM" playing for Turkey. His stage show Bülent Ceylan - live was broadcast on RTL Television on Saturday, 26 September 2009. On 21 August 2010 Ceylan appeared at the 'Summer Breeze' metal festival. On 19 February 2011 "Die Bülent Ceylan Show" started on RTL Television. Its first season consisted of six episodes. Bülent Ceylan appeared on the Wacken Open Air in August 2011.
Bülent Ceylan plays several comic roles with frequent themes being the quirks of Germans from Turkish family backgrounds and people from Mannheim.
Bülent Ceylan is married and has a daughter.